MB seeks to reopen border


  • Nation
  • Monday, 12 Oct 2020

The Causeway. — filepic

JOHOR BARU: Johor will present its case to Putrajaya to fully reopen Malaysia’s border with Singapore, which has been closed for the last seven months due to Covid-19 pandemic, says Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad.

He said the state government will table its plan to the Economic Action Council (EAC) on Oct 19.

“I have asked the Federal Government to consider the state’s request to fully open up our border with the island republic.

“The plan does not only cover the importance of opening our borders, but also includes those working in Singapore as well as the impact on investments made in Johor,” he added.

Hasni said this after the closing ceremony of the Asia International Innovation and Exhibition here yesterday.

He said many sectors and businesses here were badly affected due to the border closure, while many foreign investors have told the state government that they could no longer operate if the border closure continues.

“We know that the Malaysia and Singapore border is one of the world’s busiest crossing. The tax collected on our side of the Causeway and Second Link contributes to 50% of the Customs Department revenue.

“The government must not only consider our request but must make a decision immediately as we cannot be in this position for much longer,” he said.

He added that besides businesses, thousands of Malaysians who commuted daily to Singapore for work could no longer do so and this has impacted them.

Last Monday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the government would continue to hold discussions with their Singapore counterparts on the full reopening of the two land crossings despite the former seeing a spike in Covid-19 cases of late.

Mustapa said it was among the government’s main focus, adding that it would continue to pursue a proper solution.

“We understand that Covid-19 pandemic has many risks and caused many problems but there must be a balance between health issues and economic issues.

“We are hopeful that when the time comes, the border will be reopened even if it is in stages, as it will help in the recovery of Johor’s economy,” he added.

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